Outage Notice…

Last night’s “little” storm has left several members in the URECC service area without power. We have restored a majority of these outages resulting from primarily uprooted trees and branches falling into lines. Our crews have been out in the field since the storm hit and continue to diligently work to restore power. Currently, many of our outages remaining are in the Victory, Kilgore, Soules Chapel and Avinger areas. Please know that we are aware of your outages and working to restore power as quickly as possible.

-     URECC Management

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2014 National Electrical Code Becomes Effective September 1, 2014

The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas.  The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees the TDLR, established the 2014 NEC as the “minimum standard” for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act.

Chapter 1305.201 of the Act provides municipalities the authority to make local amendments to the 2014 NEC; however, any proposal to amend these standards should be done in accordance with NEC 90.4 which stipulates that “the authority having jurisdiction may waive specific requirements in this Code or permit alternative methods where it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety.”

Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality , electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments.

Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC.

Questions? Contact TDLR at cs.electricians@tdlr.texas.gov or call 800-803-9202.